Fall Fishing in Beaufort’s Waters
Fall fishing is always one of my favorite times of the year due to the cool temperatures, hungry fish, and being able to fish for 8-hour days.
September, October, and November have always been 3 of my favorite months to fish. As the air and water temperature starts to cool down, the fishing starts to heat up.
With lots of fiddlers and shrimp roaming around the shallows the redfish, trout, and flounder turn onto a feeding mode getting ready for a long cold winter.
Sight fishing is some of the most exciting fishing scenarios during the fall season.
The fall months create a variety of ways we can sight fish. From tailing redfish on the flood tides all the way to big schools busting shrimp during the low tides, fall fishing can produce some super visual days on the water.
Watching a school of 60 Redfish tailing, chasing shrimp, and cruising up and down the mud flats cannot be beat.
Light tackle fishing is always productive with live shrimp and artificial. Using artificial, topwater, and live bait while fishing rising and falling tides provides plenty of high number days.
This time of year the sea trout population is in full swing with plenty of 30-40 fish days.
My personal favorite is fly fishing for tailing redfish on the incoming tide then shooting birds, then fishtailing redfish on the falling tide. You cannot beat the Lowcountry Cast N Blast.
Beaufort Redfish Fishing in the Winter
What I love the most about the wintertime is when the weather is right, the fishing can be incredible.
Huge schools of 100-200 redfish swimming around in gin clear water makes sight fishing one of the best ways to target them during the winter months.
You cannot beat watching a school of 100 Redfish fight over your fly or artificial in a mere 8 inches of water.
As much as I love winter fishing the weather can be very tough. I usually end up canceling more days than actually fishing that time of year because of the wind.
Springtime Fishing in Beaufort
Spring has a lot to do with warming water, bait moving in, Cobia cruising the river, and most of all bringing out the shorts and flip-flops again!
It is amazing seeing the Lowcountry come back alive and always one of my favorite seasons of the year to fish.
One thing I love about the months of April, May, and June is our unique inshore fishery for Cobia. Really hard to beat the feeling of throwing a fly in front of a cruising Cobia a few hundred yards away from a Redfish flat.
Of course, the red fishing is great with light tackle and fly as well. Lots of action on the low tides and flood tides.
What I love about light tackle fishing with spinning rods and ultralight spinning reels is that it provides an easy way for people to target redfish in the spring.
Beaufort Fishing in Summer Season
Summer reminds me of why I love my job so much and why I decided to pursue my career here in my home waters of Beaufort, SC. The constant smiles and memories are what it is all about.
When Fly Fishing we focus on very early morning tides, starting as early as 6 am some days to stay out of the heat, and get the best action of the day. Full-day trips on fly are less due to the hot weather.
Low tides provide some insane action with schools of fish popping shrimp in a few inches of water. The flood tides are great with lots of fish focusing on fiddlers in the short spartina flats tailing around in just a few inches of water.
Tarpon fishing is great and even a few late-season Cobia around to chew feathers as well.
With the hot/ muddy water and tons of bait around it can sometimes be tough in the summer to get a good bite.
One thing I love to use during July and August is cut Mullet. Absolutely the best bait and very successful during the really hot months. Redfish simply cannot say no to a juicy fresh piece of cut mullet.